Dr Yuanbo Tony Tang BEng, DPhil, CEng, FIMMM, FHEA

Dr Yuanbo Tang

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Assistant Professor

Contact details

IRC: Net Shape Manufacturing
School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Tang is an assistant professor at the School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham. He is based in the Net Shape Manufacturing building.

Dr Tang has a sustained interest in metallurgical science, especially in processing, micromechanics and design of high-performance structural materials. This involves nickel-based superalloys, titanium and other hcp alloys for aerospace, healthcare and energy applications.

His recent work on additive manufacturing involves the design and verification of new alloy compositions, decoding their phase transformation behaviour using multi-scale characterisation techniques and development of small-scale experimental mechanics. He works closely with many world-leading industrial firms and entrepreneurial companies, such as Rolls-Royce plc, TWI Ltd, MTU Aero Engines AG (Germany), Proterial (formerly Hitachi Metals Japan), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan), Alloyed, Plastometrex, etc.

Dr Tang is recruiting PhD students with a strong background and interest in all spectrum of physical metallurgy.


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2023
  • Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), 2022
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng), 2021
  • DPhil in Materials, University of Oxford, 2018
  • BEng (Hons) in Materials Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, 2015


Dr Tang joined Birmingham as an assistant professor in Dec 2023. He received his bachelor’s degree from Imperial College reading Materials Science and Engineering in 2015. He continued his study at the University of Oxford and received his DPhil in 2018. His thesis explored a long established but not comprehensively studied subject in the superalloys field – grain boundary serrations – out of complete curiosity. He has discovered new mechanisms associated and established relevant quantification methodology and processing map. He has received the William R Miller Award from St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford and financial support from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan) on industrial collaboration.

He then worked at Oxford during 2019-2023, initially appointed as a post-doctoral research assistant then promoted to a senior research fellow in mid-2022. During this time, he was supported by two Innovate UK projects to work closely with Alloyed Ltd on alloy design for additive manufacturing – a longstanding challenge. As a result, three generations of printable superalloys were successfully developed and made commercially available – two decades of improvement compared to best-then alloy. During this time, he was PI for two beamline experiments at Diamond Light Source synchrotron facility. He has also collaborated with MTU Aero Engines in Germany, Proterial (formerly Hitachi Metals) in Japan, National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and Plastometrex in the UK on developing miniaturised mechanical testing methodologies.

Recently, he received funding as PI to lead a project for the Henry Royce Industrial Collaboration Programme. He and collaborators from Sheffield University and TWI Ltd have innovated a new coating strategy to prevent hydrogen embrittlement in pipeline steels. For his contributions, he has received the Chartered Engineer status and was elected as a Fellow at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.


Dr Tang lectures the 3rd year module on Alloy and Microstructure Design.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Tang currently co-supervises two PhD students and is looking for PhD candidates in the following areas.

  • Metal additive manufacturing and related subjects
  • Multi-scale experimental mechanics in extreme environment (including hydrogen)
  • Design and development of new structural alloys
  • Interdisciplinary research involving one or more areas above.

Other activities

  • Visiting Academic to the University of Oxford (since Dec 2023)
  • Academic consultant to Shimane University via the NEXTA project (Oct 2021-Apr 2023)


Recent publications


Zhang, JS, Tang, YT, Jin, R, Lui, A, Grant, PS, Alabort, E, Cocks, ACF & Reed, R 2024, 'On the size-dependent fatigue behaviour of laser powder bed fusion Ti-6Al-4V', Additive Manufacturing, vol. 79, no. 5, 103922. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2023.103922

Utada, S, Sasaki, R, Reed, RC & Tang, YT 2023, 'In-Situ Monitoring of Phase Transition and Microstructure Evolution in Ni-Based Superalloys by Electrical Resistivity: Direct Comparison With Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Application to Case Studies', Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, vol. 54, pp. 1549–1567 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11661-022-06924-7

Tang, YT, Schwalbe, C, Futoma, M, Roebuck, B, Utada, S & Reed, RC 2023, 'A Comparative Study of High Temperature Tensile and Creep Testing Between Standard and Miniature Specimens: Applicability and Limits', Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, vol. 54, pp. 1568–1581. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11661-022-06869-x

Ghoussoub, JN, Utada, S, Pedraza, F, Dick-Cleland, WJB, Tang, YT & Reed, RC 2023, 'Alloy Design for Additive Manufacturing: Early-Stage Oxidation of Nickel-Based Superalloys', Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, vol. 54, pp. 1721–1729 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11661-022-06860-6

Pu, SD, Hu, B, Li, Z, Yuan, Y, Gong, C, Ning, Z, Chau, C, Yang, S, Zhang, S, Pi, L, Tang, YT, Yue, J, Marrow, TJ, Gao, X, Bruce, PG & Robertson, AW 2023, 'Decoupling, quantifying, and restoring aging-induced Zn-anode losses in rechargeable aqueous zinc batteries', Joule, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 366-379. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2023.01.010

Barba, D, Egan, A, Utada, S, Gong, Y, Tang, YT, Mazanova, V, Mills, MJ & Reed, RC 2023, 'Deformation Mechanisms Rationalisation to Design for Creep Resistance in Polycrystalline Ni-Based Superalloys', Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, vol. 54, pp. 1886–1901 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11661-022-06922-9

Chen, Y, Tang, YT, Collins, DM, Clark, SJ, Ludwig, W, Rodriguez-Lamas, R, Detlefs, C, Reed, RC, Lee, PD, Withers, PJ & Yildirim, C 2023, 'High-resolution 3D strain and orientation mapping within a grain of a directed energy deposition laser additively manufactured superalloy', Scripta Materialia, vol. 234, 115579. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2023.115579

Southern, T, Campbell, JE, Kourousis, KI, Mooney, B, Tang, YT & Clyne, TW 2023, 'Indentation Plastometry for Study of Anisotropy and Inhomogeneity in Maraging Steel Produced by Laser Powder Bed Fusion', Steel Research International, vol. 94, no. 7, 2200881. https://doi.org/10.1002/srin.202200881

Reiff-Musgrove, R, Gaiser-Porter, M, Gu, W, Campbell, JE, Lewis, P, Frehn, A, Tarrant, AD, Tang, YT, Burley, M & Clyne, TW 2023, 'Indentation Plastometry of Particulate Metal Matrix Composites, Highlighting Effects of Microstructural Scale', Advanced Engineering Materials, vol. 25, no. 9, 2201479. https://doi.org/10.1002/adem.202201479

Tang, YT, Panwisawas, C, Jenkins, BM, Liu, J, Shen, Z, Salvati, E, Gong, Y, Ghoussoub, JN, Michalik, S, Roebuck, B, Bagot, PAJ, Lozano-Perez, S, Grovenor, CRM, Moody, MP, Korsunsky, AM, Collins, DM & Reed, RC 2023, 'Multi-length-scale study on the heat treatment response to supersaturated nickel-based superalloys: Precipitation reactions and incipient recrystallisation', Additive Manufacturing, vol. 62, 103389. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2023.103389

Shinjo, J, Kutsukake, A, Arote, A, Tang, YT, McCartney, DG, Reed, RC & Panwisawas, C 2023, 'Physics-based thermal-chemical-fluid-microstructure modelling of in-situ alloying using additive manufacturing: Composition-microstructure control', Additive Manufacturing, vol. 64, 103428. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2023.103428

Zhang, C, Yu, Q, Tang, YT, Xu, M, Wang, H, Zhu, C, Ell, J, Zhao, S, Macdonald, BE, Cao, P, Schoenung, JM, Vecchio, KS, Reed, RC, Ritchie, RO & Lavernia, EJ 2023, 'Strong and ductile FeNiCoAl-based high-entropy alloys for cryogenic to elevated temperature multifunctional applications', Acta Materialia, vol. 242, 118449. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2022.118449

Zhang, C, Wang, H, Wang, X, Tang, YT, Yu, Q, Zhu, C, Xu, M, Zhao, S, Kou, R, Wang, X, Macdonald, BE, Reed, RC, Vecchio, KS, Cao, P, Rupert, TJ & Lavernia, EJ 2023, 'Strong and ductile refractory high-entropy alloys with super formability', Acta Materialia, vol. 245, 118602. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2022.118602

Ghoussoub, JN, Klupś, P, Dick-Cleland, WJB, Rankin, KE, Utada, S, Bagot, PAJ, McCartney, DG, Tang, YT & Reed, RC 2022, 'A new class of alumina-forming superalloy for 3D printing', Additive Manufacturing, vol. 52, 102608. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2022.102608

Pu, SD, Gong, C, Tang, YT, Ning, Z, Liu, J, Zhang, S, Yuan, Y, Melvin, D, Yang, S, Pi, L, Marie, JJ, Hu, B, Jenkins, M, Li, Z, Liu, B, Tsang, SCE, Marrow, TJ, Reed, RC, Gao, X, Bruce, PG & Robertson, AW 2022, 'Achieving Ultrahigh‐Rate Planar and Dendrite‐Free Zinc Electroplating for Aqueous Zinc Battery Anodes', Advanced Materials, vol. 34, no. 28, 2202552. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202202552

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